A woman in her 60s has been questioned by gardaí in Co Cork as part of an investigation into the alleged assault of a child at a childcare facility in the county.

The woman was arrested this morning and was detained at Mayfield Garda Station.

She was questioned throughout the day before being released this evening.

A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions, who will decide if a prosecution is to be instituted.

The owner of the childcare facility has described the allegation of assault as completely untrue, false and unfounded.

It is not possible to identify the childcare facility involved for legal reasons, and the facility continues to operate.

A spokesperson told RTÉ News that the facility has strengthened child protection policies, in which all staff have been extensively trained.

The spokesperson said these policies apply to all staff, volunteers, committee and board members, and those on work placement.

The spokesperson said all children are extremely happy, safe and well cared for at the facility.

Gardaí said they will not be commenting on the case due to the sensitive nature of their investigation.

The child and family agency, Tusla, has refused to say if it is conducting an investigation. A spokeswoman said it does not comment on individual cases in case that might prejudice enforcement proceedings or a prosecution.

Tusla urged any parent with child protection concerns to contact the agency or the Tusla Early Years Inspectorate.